Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Book Review - The Storm And The Darkness - Sarah M. Cradit

The Storm and the Darkness (House of Crimson and Clover #2) 
About The Book
Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first winter storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown- Ana realizes that she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks along the shore. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, but she remains unconscious. As the storm worsens, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are other, more sinister forces at work closer than they ever imagined.

With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm, and the growing darkness that looms across the island.
Review By Brittany 
I was given an ARC copy of this book to read for an honest review and must say by the end of the book I was not ready to see it end. I wanted more!!
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book since this is the first book by Sarah M. Cradit that I have ever read.
This was such a great read though. There was lots of suspense, mystery, and very intense moments. When I say intense, I mean there were times were I would be reading and something would happen and my hand went straight to my mouth.
Anasofiya tries to escape her past, as well as discover who she really is. She isn't close to anyone but her cousin, Nicolas, who happens to be her best friend and the only one who really knows who she is. She tends to stay silent, and keep to herself which makes it harder for her keeping relationships.
This story shows us how a simple journey away from home can turn into a storm of a mess with darkness lurking behind every corner.
Ana finds herself in lots of situations that are intense and had me on the edge of my seat. I never knew what was going to happen next and yet was so excited to see what could happen.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. We get to read a story with lots of POV's from people in Ana's life to give us a better understanding of why she left town, as well as helps us to understand what is going on in the present around her.
I was a little disappointed with the ending. It didn't end exactly how I had pictured it or hoped for, but rather leaving room for interpretation and possibly more to come in future books with who she may choose to spend her life with.
I can proudly say I really enjoyed this book and look forward to read more books by Sarah M. Cradit and hope everyone else will enjoy this book as much as I did. Also, I apologize that my review may not give you as much insight into the book as many would like, but personally that is all the more fun so that each of you can be sure to read it!!! :))
I give this book a very good 4 STARS
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About this author

 Sarah M. Cradit 

Sarah is the author of the Southern Fiction series, The House of Crimson and Clover. The series was born of her combined loves of New Orleans, family dramas, and the mysterious nature of love and desire. Her books combine elements of mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, and even paranormal. She is always working on the next book in the series, and absolutely loves connecting with her fans.

Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn't working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.

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